About Us

The Risk Reduction Surgery Evaluate (RiSE) Clinic at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is for women who are at increased risk for breast and/or ovarian cancer due to a genetic mutation. Women who visit the clinic should be interested in learning more about surgery options that can help reduce cancer risk.

Women with a mutation in BRCA, TP53, PALB2, or other genes are known to have a higher risk for breast cancer compared to the general population. Some of these gene mutations also increase the risk for ovarian cancer. There are many options to find cancer early or to lower the risk for cancer. Surgery is one of these options.

The RiSE Clinic helps women at increased risk for cancer know what surgery options are available. Women can meet breast and gynecological surgeons in one visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can visit the clinic?

Women interested in the RiSE Clinic must first be seen in the Breast Cancer Risk Clinic.

The RiSE Clinic is for women ages 30-75 who

  • Have a gene mutation that increases their risk for breast cancer, including BRCA1, BRCA2, ATM, CHEK2, PALB2, CDH1, and TP53.
  • Are interested in lowering their cancer risks through surgery.

When I visit the clinic, what will I do?

  • Review your personal and family health history.
  • Review your risks for cancer based on your type of gene mutation.
  • Meet with a genetic counselor, breast surgeon, plastic surgeon, gynecological surgeon, and a psychologist.
  • Get a physical exam.
  • Talk with a clinic team member about your surgery options and follow-up plan.

Do I need genetic testing before I come?

Yes. You must have a positive test for a genetic mutation to make an appointment.

If you have not had genetic testing but have a family history of cancer, call to schedule an appointment with our genetic counselors: 801-587-9555.

Women interested in the RiSE Clinic must first be seen in the Breast Cancer Risk Clinic.

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Research teams at Huntsman Cancer Institute want to learn how inherited factors, genetics, behaviors, and the environment may lead to different types of cancer. Teams include physicians, genetic counselors, research coordinators, and support personnel.

We offer studies and specialty services for people at high risk of cancer due to genetic factors, health behaviors, and the enviroment. People who are eligible can learn ways to detect, prevent, or manage cancer through our education, screening, and risk modeling services.

High Risk Breast Cancer Registry

One of six National Cancer Institute-funded breast cancer registries. We are no longer recruiting new study participants, but we continue to collect data from people already enrolled. Call 801-587-9555 for more information. 

High Risk Melanoma Research Clinic

For patients and families with a strong history of melanoma. We also provide information to researchers studying the disease. Call 801-581-5895 for more information.

Pancreas Cancer Research Program

Specialists work to learn more about genetic and other factors that contribute to pancreas cancer. Call 801-585-6048 for more information.